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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach & Development, The Outer Banks Hospital, (252) 449-5933 jennifer.schwartzenberg@theobh.com
Date:  September 21, 2017

The Outer Banks Hospital and Development Council are pleased to announce a Lunch & Learn titled Achieving Freedom from Tobacco Use, presented by Dr. Maher Karam-Hage. The program will take place on Friday, October 13 at 11:45am in the hospital’s Port Room, located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building.

Dr. Karam-Hage is from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he serves as Professor of Psychiatry in the Departments of Behavioral Science and Psychiatry. Dr. Karam-Hage is also the Medical Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MD Anderson and the lead faculty of the accredited MD Anderson Certification as Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS).

“We have identified a need in our community... to address the use of tobacco and to provide resources for Dare County residents to seek help,” said Dr. Charles Shelton, Radiation Oncologist for The Outer Banks Hospital. “In collaboration with Vidant Health and the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, we have the opportunity to bring an expert from the top cancer center service provider to our community to educate and share vital information with our staff, providers and the citizens. We are taking the lead because we recognize the opportunity for change in our community.”

A boxed lunch will be provided and seating is limited. For more information or to register, please call 449-5930.

The Outer Banks Hospital, located in Nags Head, North Carolina, offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A joint venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital opened in March 2002. The hospital’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality health care services.